It was a homecoming to remember for Seneca basketball fans on Friday as the Indians pulled out a nail-biting 74-67 victory in overtime over the Carl Junction Bulldogs in the Big 8 Conference opener at Seneca High School.
The Indians (9-4, 1-0 Big 8) took the lead a minute into the game and stayed out front for all but the final 15 seconds of regulation. With Seneca leading 60-59 with 15 seconds left, Carl Junction’s Matt Magee hit one of two free throw attempts to tie it at 60.
After a timeout with 7.5 seconds left, the Indians managed a shot as the final seconds ticked off, but it was off the mark. The game went into overtime with both teams in the double bonus, and that was a key factor for the Indians as they went on to score 14 points, 10 of which came on free throws, in the overtime period to best the Bulldogs.
“I’m just so proud of every one of those kids,” Indians coach Will King said. “They fought hard the entire game. We got contributions form different kids at different times. They really handled the pressure well.”
Kyler Ng had a big night with 26 points for the Indians while Bradley Jumper poured in 18, Logan St. Clair 10, Elias Roelfsema five, Seth Harris five and Chance Smith 10.
Magee led the Bulldogs with 22 points while Crockett added four, Travis Vogt 18, J Thomas three, Cody Vogt five, McPherson one and Devore 14.
Carl Junction won the junior varsity game, 71-56. Tyrell Hembree led the Indians with 29 points.
The Indians travel to take on Southwest at 6 p.m. Monday in Washburn, Mo.